If her wings carry her away from home again, Eunice may be able to tell helpful humans where she belongs.
“We need to teach them their address,” Jayne Stafford said, grinning as Dr. Barry Scanlan lifted the parrot from her perch. Birds that can mimic human speech could use their gift of gab to find their owners if they fly away, she said.
Scanlan, who returned Eunice to his
“You’re going to learn Daddy’s name,” he told Eunice, stroking the bird’s feathered back.
A double-yellow headed Amazon parrot, Eunice flew through an open back door and soared out of sight in 2004. Scanlan scoured the sky for his beloved pet, but Eunice was nowhere to be found.
“We drove all over the neighborhood,” Scanlan said. “It was ridiculous, we drove pretty much a mile-mile and a half in every direction looking for any sign of yellow or green in the trees.”
Amazon parrots aren’t native to
“I thought she was dead,” he said. “I was just certain.”
Last week, Scanlan’s brother showed him an ad for a found Amazon parrot in The Gaston Gazette’s classifieds. On a lark, he called the number and described his missing bird.
“I knew this was a bird that somebody was looking for,”
A bird lover herself,
“A lot of people who do find them don’t always know there’s a way to get them back home,” she said.
Breeders of exotic birds typically attach small bands to their legs inscribed with serial numbers. Scanlan provided
“It was the most bizarre thing,” Scanlan said. “The odds against it were astronomical. I asked if I could come over immediately.”
A family practice physician at Riverwood Medical Associates in
“It really is a miracle that she’s here,” Scanlan said. “The odds are so against it. There was a divine hand involved there.”
Eunice still speaks the phrases she learned years ago, including “Hey, baby bird” and “Hello, how are you?” Scanlan said double-yellow headed Amazons are the second-best talkers among tropical bird species.
“The thing is, you don’t know where they’ve landed,”